The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel, luxury yurt accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Welcome to the Hoopoe Yurt Hotel
About the Yurt Hotel
The Yurts
Food at the Yurt Hotel
Discover the local area
Getting to the Yurt Hotel
What our visitors have said about the Yurt Hotel
The Hoopoe Yurt Hotel in the press
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Cortes de la Frontera
Cueva del Gato
Ronda's historic new bridge

The local area

Cortes de la Frontera, a typical Andalucian “white village”, is a twenty minute walk or five minute drive away. You will find everything you need here. There are shops, bars and restaurants, and a couple of night clubs. There are also banks, a post office, a medical centre, and a public open air swimming pool.

Nearby, on the road to Ronda, are the Cueva de la Pileta, with ancient cave paintings and underground galleries with giant stalactites and stalagmites, and the Cueva del Gato, where icy cold water pours out of the mountain into a rock pool - very refreshing in the heat of the summer!

We are half an hour from Ronda, one of the oldest towns in Spain. The town is perched above the dramatic 100 metre Tajo gorge. Walk across the New Bridge with spectacular views to the charming old town, which has lots of buildings of historical interest from Ronda's Moorish past, or eat out at one of several excellent restaurants overhanging the gorge. The world famous bullring is definitely worth a visit.

Gaucín, one of Andalucía's most picturesque white villages, is just across the valley. The town lies beneath an outcrop of rock dominated by the tenth century Castillo del Aguila. The view from Gaucín is fantastic. On a clear day you can see the Pillars of Hercules (The Rock of Gibraltar and Jebel Musa in Northern Africa) and the Atlas Mountains beyond.

If you are interested in birds, spend the day with local bird expert Peter Jones who will take you into the mountains for a bit of twitching, or combine your stay with us with a visit to the National Park of Donaña on the shores of the Guadalquivir river. Its beaches, dunes, wetlands and pine forests are home to a rich variety of birds and other wildlife, including the almost extinct Iberian lynx and Spanish Imperial eagle.

Jerez is an hour and a half's drive away. If you enjoy a tipple, go on a tour of one of several well known sherry bodegas, or take in a flamenco show or equestrian exhibiton.

For children, there is Isla Mágica full of rides and excitement, and for art lovers there is the new Picasso museum in Málaga.

Tarifa, Europe's kitesurfing capital, and the southernmost point in Spain, is two hours' drive away. Its beautiful long sandy beaches and dunes are well worth a visit. It is also possible to do a day or overnight trip to Morocco. Ferries leave every hour from Algeciras.

"A great base for exploring Andalucia..."